There is a momo festival that takes place in the Valley every year that is flocked by thousands of people waiting to gobble down some delicious, uniquely concocted dumplings. But what if you did not have to wait an entire year to taste such out-of-the-box momos?
For a restaurant housed on the second floor of a building located in the ever-bustling Narsingh Chowk, Momo Hut is surprisingly quaint. The bright mustard walls dominate the interior of the seating area, with different shades of orange thrown here and there. The abundant woodwork signals a Newari influence; the first being the carved entrance. The grand wooden window is next, with elaborate carvings that hold your attention for a while. If you believe in the devil being in the details, the window would make one hell of a devil! Traditional mud lamps hang from the ceiling and beautiful paintings adorn the wall. However, the wide glass windows that open up towards the busy street work as a contrast. If I were to make a guess, the designer was caught in between going modern and traditional. Clearly, he couldn’t make up his mind.
But we aren’t at Momo Hut for its ambience. We are here for the eatery’s unique momo fillings. The menu offers 16 momo variants, two of which are just platters that provide two of each type of dumpling available. The rest of the fourteen are mind-boggling. Having been blessed (or cursed) with more than one sweet tooth, my attention went directly to the Dessert momos. This category has three different variations: apple, banana, and chocolate. Although I go bananas over banana, I went for a dose of chocolate this particular day. With my dessert dilemma taken care of, we ordered the fish, palak paneer, and cheese potato momos.
I vividly remember the first time I tried fish momo. Its smell was far too fishy for me and, as a result, I spat it out immediately. The second time wasn’t a pleasant experience either. So, the reason why I ordered fish momo at Momo Hut was to check if theirs was as repelling. Thankfully, I discovered that it wasn’t half bad. The fish didn’t stink and with chilli tomato sauce, it fared well. However, I would ask the kitchen team to watch out for the amount of spice they put in the fish.
As for the cheese and potato momo, the very first bite assured the prominence of cheese. The tiny bits of yak cheese provided a pungency to the rather mellow mashed potato, delivering a flavor-packed result with every mouthful. If the dough skin had been thinner, the dish could have actually been a full ten on ten. The chocolate desert momo had arrived, and I just couldn’t watch it sit there while I waited for the final momo variant to appear. The little deep fried pouches had the perfect golden brown exterior that promised a crunchy bite. Inside was a tiny puddle of silky chocolate and nut crumbles. I popped these decadent goodies into my mouth one after the other until there was none left on the plate.
The palak paneer momo looked incredibly tempting, and it was as delicious as it looked. Ten gorgeous emerald green pouches sat on the plate with dollops of earthy cottage cheese filling. The pouch itself was smartly designed to hold a spoonful of peanut tomato sauce that looked almost regal. Unlike the cheese and potato momo skin, this one was smooth and succulent. The cottage cheese left no room for error. To keep it short, this dish will have even the most serious carnivore wanting to turn into a vegetarian.
Although Momo Hut’s menu covers fast food staples, as their name suggests, it is a house dedicated to momos. When here do not shy away from them. Try one or even better, try them all; if possible, piping hot.